Last week, a task recommended that the Knox County Tennessee Board of Education appoint an Ombuds for its 88 schools and 58,000 students. A board task force on "Disparities in Educational Outcomes" said that an Ombuds would Ombuds would be a liaison between families and the district and also report regularly to the board about the progress of the task force recommendations for a cost of about $100,000.
The task force is comprised of group of business, community and faith-based stakeholders, and has made several other recommendations for system-wide changes. A final decision on the Ombuds proposal has not been scheduled. (DEO Task Force Report; Knox News.)